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of central avenue in capital heights. it happened late tuesday night. tracee wilkins joins us from capital heights with more on the investigation. tracee? >> reporter: this is a 15-year-old kid who was raised in this neighborhood, went to high school a block away from where we are standing right now, was shot and killed right here in front of this apartment complex. the police were back in front of the central garden apartments in capital heights this morning. they were searching for clueing and taking another look at the murder scene. >> we aren't for certain what happened. we know that a call was transpired from him to his home telling his mom he was en route home. he never made it home. 15-year-old justin pennell, a freshman at central high school was found shot on the squawk about 9:00 p.m. tuesday night. his cousin says, after a day of suffering from multiple gunshots, doctors said this morning, they had done all they could do for him. >>> police have taken spray paint and painted up to nine different markers of where justin was shot. the sidewalk is still stained with his blood. fami
terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. lower man families gathered at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. >> carl francis. >> chael a. -- >> reporter: as has now become tradition the names of victims were read one by one. the pain and emotions of that day still difficult to revisit nine years later. four moments of silence marked the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice preside joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden attended the fremony, along with city and state leaders and first responders. and again,in ceremonies continu here in new york and will throughout the day along side some of those rallies that will also be protesting the islamic center. tonight, alex, a tribute in light returns, another tradition. two beams of light illuminating the sky and symbolizing where towers once stood. >> a wonderful traditn that is ry poignant. many people look forward to it every year. as is the peeling of the bells behind you trthere. that is trinity churchr, right? >> trinity church behind us, yes. still standing nine years later as it was after the 9/11 attacks. >
states. >>> and at risk, questions about something dentists use, especially on young patients. >>> also tonight, making a difference on the home front, >>> also tonight, making a difference on the home front, "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been the american ideal, part of the american way, pushing ahead, always getting better, always improving, a future always brighter than our past. but tonight in the new nbc news polling numbers debuting today, americans are losing hope in the future of their country in greater numbers now. our new numbers contain bad news for the president and bad news for his party. a lot of it because the economy is beyond bad and it's been that way for quite a while. and we begin tonight with our political director, chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. a grim set of numbers. >> it is. and the pessimism isn't about the now, it's about the future. look at this first number. is america in a state of decline? 65%, two-thirds of the country agrees that america is in a state of decline. that
some folks who were there and experiencing it. woody baker kohn joining us from the american red cross along with adam broadway who saw the explosion as it happened. good to have you with us. woody, if you could, give us an idea at this point, what are the immediate needs for folks in the area? >> well, those that got out of the area, the fire department and police department were quick in getting people out. we then assessed anybody that had injuries that needed treatment. people that were maybe missing life-sustaining medications, things of that nature. and then we quickly set up a couple of shelters to house people overnight, brought in some mental health professionals as well as some nursing staff to help with the medical needs and so forth. so, we've now got them in shelters. many of them had places to go of their own, friends and family. >> luckily. it's amazing, considering the time of day, just around dinner time, with flames that were hot enough to crack the windshields of a fire truck. amazing there wasn't more damage, that we're not hearing about more injuries and deaths. ad
misthe country theoretically. >> but not for the traffic. stay with you us, new 4/contis continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >>> a car slamses in to a building leaves two injured. we'll hear from witnesses. good morning, i'm pat lawson. >>> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today." we want to take a live look outside. it is 64 degrees. a nice refreshing morning. stars twinkling out in the sky. >> fall starting to set in. >> and some of the leaves are setting down only because it's so darn dry. we have had will this will drought on going and there we go, another string of dry days coming up. we do finally have a likelihood of much needed rain arriving on sunday, but for this thursday morning, no travel problems. off to work and school under a mostly clear sky now. and temperatures 66 at national airport. it's cool, down into the upper 50s now in western fairfax county, louden, parts of prince william. blue ridge, northern montgomery only near 60. and low 60s now in arlington and in prince george's county, southern montgomery is in the low 60s. only in the 40s now in western maryland and w
us with more. >>> the first sign of hope from iran that at least one of those young american hikers might be freed after a year in a tehran jail. >>> and today i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. >>> the fbi just met with pastor terry jones, but despite widespread condemnation, worldwide condemnation and condemnation from the white house, the u.s. military, the state department, there is no sign yet that he is backing down from his plan to burn 200 copies of the holy koran. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something is wrong. something is wrong. it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism. there is something very much wrong with our policies. >> nbc's kerry sanders is live outside the dove world outreach center in gainesville, florida. kerry, pastor jones told you this is not a stunt. and now we have the president saying it is. what's the reaction in gainesville as all of this is approaching? >> well, outside of this pasteur here, we're right next to a cow pasteur, outside the community there is a fair amount of anger
the coast from us here in california. it was dinner time last night, about 6:15 in san bruno, california, the routine of a normal thursday in the neighborhood was shattered by an explosion so loud it was heard for miles. then came the geyser of flames shooting 300 feet in the air and then the noise. people near the blast zone understandably thought it was an earthquake, a nuclear explosion, perhaps a plane had gone down. turned out to be a natural gas line exploding and a fire that wasn't brought under control until just this afternoon. san bruno is a city of abo 30,000 people, give or take, just south of san francisco, just west of that city's airport, sfo. federal investigators have converged on the neighborhood where the gas main blew up. we begin our broadcast tonight from the scene. our own kristen welker and miguel almaguer are there for us. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the blast has already been called a state of emergency. this city reeling from an explosion so powerful it claimed lives and forever charred the landscape here. as day broke in a neighborhood not
. it's quite obvious it's not just the islamic world that is concerned about this. theç u.s. military leaders are concerned enough they have raised the ante by speaking about it, pulling off the effort here by addressing it. their concerns is when the korans are burned it may cause americans in uniform danger in other parts of the world. the burning of the koran is a catalyst to starting more unprovoked violence again americans in uniform. i asked the pastor here about that. what would he think, if he burned these korans and an american was targeted. this is what he had to say. >> yeah, of course. we would feel terrible. that would be a disaster. that would be beyond words. but we are not responsible for that. why don't we point the finger where it belongs. they point the finger at us. why don't we point the finger at them, the people who did it. >> will he burn the korans, that's the big question. i asked him that. he did say this was a message from god for him to burn them. perhaps he'll get another message from his god telling him not to burn them. then, of course, there's the city
that god would want us to do it. the american people do not want the mosque there. and of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran. the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> again that florida preacher's plan to burn the koran this weekend is now canceled. more about this coming up on "nbc nightly news" right after this broadcast. >>> officials in iran today announce that had one of the three american hike here's have been detained there will be released on september 11. however, the iranian government refused to say which hiker it would be. reporters in iran were informed by text message today that the release would co-inside with the festival that ends the muslim muslim holy month of ramadan. sarah shourd and two bruise arrested near iran. iran had accused them of spying. >>> a business owner in adams morgan is literally picking up the pieces after a driver slammed right into her restaurant entrance. a drive hit two women who happened to be walking by at that time. the p
that caught fire. you can see behind us just four or five homes totally leveled. fire crews not doing anything over there. a few minutes ago we heard a very loud explosion. we didn't know what it was. turned out to be this white station wagon, some kind of car explosion. that's another thing crews out here have to deal with. we are right next to what we think was ground zero. you can see everything is completely leveled. to give you an idea how hot this fire was, want to show you this. look at the back of this white volkswagen, the heat just melting this taillight. if you want to the front, you can see that the explosion caused the concrete to travel a great distance. just lying here on the windshield of this car, a big chunk of it. one of the big problems firefighters are dealing with is the wind. you can see it on this crime scene tape blowing around and see it with this smoke. that's helping to spread the flames. and the wind has died down. that is the good news. hopefully fire crews will soon be able to get an upper hand on this blaze. the latest figure we were told is 50% containment. som
. kerry, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, good evening, brian. yes, nbc news has confirmed that secretary of defense robert gates late this afternoon phoned pastor jones. then a short time later, pastor jones came out here with all the world's eyes looking at this field in rural florida. they heard the pastor announce that he no longer plans to build a bonfire with more than 200 korans. pastor terry jones says he no longer plans to burn the koran. >> we have been in very much thought and prayer over this whole period. a lot of times we were asked what would it take to call this thing off. we have thought it over many times. >> reporter: the pastor now says burning the koran was directly linked to plans to build an islamic cultural center and mosque in lower manhattan near ground zero. >> if they were willing to either cancel the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that a sign from god. >> reporter: flanked by an imam from central florida jones claims imam
here in the u.s. i'm steve handelsman, washington. >> and there is no word on whether jones will reconsider his plan. >> that plan to burn the koran, proclamations around the world. in afghanistan, a cleric said the u.s. government should be held responsible for the actions taken by muslims in defense of their holy book. in lebanon, the shiite cleric called for muslims to join together to confront those who plot against islam. in pakistan, a spokesman for the foreign office called the pastor's plan shameful. >> strongly condemn this fanatic approach and oppose those who in the name of freedom and liberty are resorting to bigotry, undermining the work that has been done toward promoting interfaith harmony since 9/11. >> today the european union also condemned the pastor's plan. >>> another metro access driver is accused of sexual assault. 59-year-old samuel from gaithersburg was arrested on sunday. he is charged with the sexual assault of a metro access passenger. the alleged incident happened august 27th in montgomery county. he work for a subcontractor for metro access whic
the offensive against al qaeoda. >> they may seek to strike fear in us but they are no match for our resilience. we do not seccumb to fear nor will we squander the optimism that has always us as a people. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. good afternoon you to, mike. earlier in the day as you know the president acknowledged it is a very difficult time for the untry but what was the message here? >> well, alex, first all, you know, not only is it a day of rembrances and commemoration but the president has declared this a daye of service as well. and to that end the president after he spoke with the pentagon went to a school, middle school here, the ron brown middle school in the rtheast quadrant of the city, and helped out for aew minutes painting a wall, help aing with renovations, and joe biden the vice president did the same or is scheduled to do the same in new york city. you're right, alex. today the president has a lot of -- a lot on his plate not only in observing 9/11 but in the context of which the 9/11 anniversary falls this year. there is the mosque controver
to kill us. that's after the hate e-mails pored into them. and folks who say the flight 93 memorial in pennsylvania resembles the islamic crescent. the outrage. the justice department currently investigating anti muslim incidents in at least five u.s. cities. whether it's muslims, blacks, gay people, jews, you pick it. history shows when americans or any group of people are down on their luck, they tend to lash out with violence. they tend to try to find the boogeyman the least like they are to blame for it. politicians happy to help. take a look at unimemployment over the last 40 years in the country. now look at the same graph with a crime rate plotted. when unemployment goes up, so too do things like crime or, for that matter, social hate. now experts are in fear 2010 is preparing to show a speak needily following the one we saw following 9/11 in 2001. disenfranchisement with both political parties. they are crushing the country for your benefit by controlling your government. why do americans pick innocent scapegoats, random muslims of the world for their anger, instead of rejec
. >> anyone who does care about childhood obesity should join us for the bipartisan next thursday in washington. >> that's on the ball. >> mika? >> i'm going to be there. >> thank you. >> have a great weekend. what time is it? >> "morning joe." "the daily rundown" starts now. >>> this is a recruitful bonanza for al qaeda. >> the pressure building. the president weighs in on that florida pastor's plan to burn the koran. >>> 54 days before the critical midterm elections. why's the chairman of the republican party in guam? >>> get this. football great tom brady involved in what's described as a serious car accident in boston this morning. >>> it's thursday, september 9th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. savannah guthrie is on assignment. brady's accident occurred hours ago. but first, let's get to the rundown. >>> president obama came out swinging in cleveland defending the presidency and ramping up criticism of the man who would be speaker and potentially his chief adder is vary john boehner. athna jones on duty for us at the white house this morning. so, trying to find somebody to run agains
in michael bloomberg. but only from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful and outraged, that it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it. >> reporter: not even the white house has been able to convince zwroenz drop his plans, to burn copies of the koran this saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11. >> as of this time, we have no intention of canceling. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act. that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: even gainesville city officials are looking for a way to stop it but so far, no luck. nbc news. >>> today vatican also condemned the plan to burn the koran. general david petraeus is warning against burning the koran. he is commander of u.s. and nato forces of afghanistan. he said if the koran burning does take place, images of the event will be used by extremist in afghanistan and a
they hate the most. >> come sunday, they belong to us. we have a new coach. we have new players. and we're going to beat the cowboys. no ifs, ands or buts about it. >> they have men or tormenters. they have their share of cowboy fans. also confident for a win. >> a win. 28-0. done. we own this here. 13 straight games. that's all i got to say. >> 50/50 redskins and cowboys. and we've got a bet going to see who is going, ending up coming to work on monday. because you know, it's a shame when you come in and your team lose. >> the big game kicks off at 8:20 sunday night. reporting from fed-ex field. elaine reyes, news4. >>> the redskins' cheerleaders traveled to new york to made an appearance on the "today" show. they also got to dance with the country band sugar band performed. >>> and you don't have to worry about getting home in your car if you take metro after the game. metro is staying open later and will add more cars to help fans get home after the game. the trains won't stop running until 1:00 on monday morning. >>> iyou can't make it to the game, tune in right here on nbc 4 to cat
to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan, 9/11 families gather at zuccotti park, adjacent toground zero. throughout the morning, as has become tradition, victims of moments l be read and of silence will be marked when each plane hit and each tower fell. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama, along with former first lady, laura bush, attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who foughback. meanwhile, plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward,here remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and
. good evening. thanks for joining us. 9/11, nine yearshe later. here's the view in, new york city, the familiar tribute in lights synonymous with ground zero symbolizing the two fallen towers of the with world trade center and a reminder of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terror attacks. earlier at the pentag and at a quiet field in shanksville, pennsylvania, ceremonies marked the moments when airliners took control and took aim at thefi financial capitals. the nation has changed some ways and some is obvious and some motre subtle. we start with the gatherings, clutching photos and fighting back tears. new york fell silent at 8:46 and again at 9:03, the moment when is two jets crashed into the twin towers. reminiscent of the morning that dawned nine years ago. the area is say construction site full o f equipment and grand plans for a fittingem . >> daniel thomas -- >> what has become an annual custom, the names of the 2,752 people who died at the world trade center site were read allowed and their loved ones mourn and remembered. president barack obama traveled to the pent
and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community center that will be multifaith with separate prayer room for muslims, christians, jews and other faces. he is planning a multifaith memorial for the victims of 9/11 and insists he is sympathetic to the families. let us commemorate of anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves to strengthen the radicles and weaken beliefs and our values. moderate muslim americans say the protests and the threatened koran burning signal a growing intoleranc
to the town. describe to us what you have seen. >> people really are here with hair on their arms burned off and intense wall of heat. everyone was running for their cars and out in the streets to get a source for the fire that quickly spread. it was difficult to outrun and many people jumped in their cars and barely made it out in the nick of time. no one has been able to go back into the blast zone and everyone is unsure who made it out, who didn't make it out. there really is a bunch of confusion. folks are trying to look for answers and they are hoping to get that at the press conference that should start in a few minutes. >> miguel, thank you so much. we want to let people know we will take that news conference live when it happens. >>> florida pastor terry jones has issued a new ultimatum and the clock is ticking, literally. the man at the center of the new york mosque controversy, imam feisal was told to call them and let them know whether or not the proposed cultural center will be moved further from ground zero. here's what had he to say. >> it's crystal clear. it's 1:20 right now a
on over an hour. the term wide ranging is going to be used a lot. >> how about long-winded. >> we had a ton of topics, the first focused on the economy, one or two on the pastor, and more on the growing phobia with islam around the country. i would say he was most passionate at the end when he made a case for the right and religious freedom and for the rights of muslim americans to have the same rights as everyone else in the country. the passion he showed there was probably greater than he answered on any other question. frankly it's interesting. he mixed it. it was passionate and mixed in with patriotism in a way even some of his critics on this issue will say it was a very eloquent answer to say the least. >> in contrast to that, let's see what his passion, quote, unquote, was, when talking about stimulus and job growth. let's watch. if you want the same kind of skewed policies that led us to this crisis, republicans are ready to offer those. if you want policies that are moving us out, even though you're frustrated, change isn't happening as fast as you would like, then i think de
more earlier today. >> reporter: montgomery county police are searching for an armed gunman and using everything from police cars to helicopters to armed vehicles. they are receiving assistance from state police. a woman who lives at the avalon apartments in bethesda tells news 4 around 7:20 this morning a woman ran door to door screaming for help saying someone was trying to shoot her. soon after police surrounded the avalon apartments. there were reports of at least one shot fired. montgomery county police say they know who their suspect is. their search to get him into custody led to closing of streets. they closed nearby exits to 270 and locked down walter johnson high school. people in live at the avalon were told to stay in their apartments and those who are out of their apartments were not let back in. >> they are not letting me go back in. i just want to go to work. >> tracee wilkins, news 4. >> joshua prince has been found. price, rather, found and arrested in pennsylvania. we have more on this breaking news story on a live report on news 4 at 5:00. >>> it is back to normal a
next to us and then ours was third to go. >> the area is very steep and rugged. it could take several days to get that fire under control. illegal immigrants who cannot get into the u.s. by land coming by sea? authorities just arrested 20 mexicans at san clemente state beach in originange county, california. one woman broke her leg jumping from the boat. meanwhile, the daredevil known as skyscraper man is at it again. dan goodwin climbed up the 58-story millennium tower using suction cups. >> crazy. >> some residents even toasted his climb as they watched him through the windows of their luxury apartments? it's great entertainment really. he was arrested after he reached the top. he calls himself spider dan appropriately raising awareness of the vulnerability of skyscrapers to terror attacks. > >> thing is you get tired of waiting for the elevators with suction cups and then at the last minute will come down. >> meanwhile, president obama detailing his latest idea to jump-start the economy and create jobs with a $50 billion infrastructure spending free and tomorrow the president will
/11. this despite condemnation from the obama administration and the top u.s. general in afghanistanl in afghanistan. we have more from carrey. good morning to you. >> reporter: this church has at most 50 members, but the pastors say his actions speak for more than his worshippers and he is not going to be deterred. he is pushing forward with the plans to burn the islamic holy book, the koran. more than 7600 miles away from afghanistan, it took only a few clicks to find terry jones's likeness and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community cente
. this is a huge story out west. so we will keep our monitors on the video coming in to us and the live pictures and we will dip back in and out "morning joe" this morning. again, a huge explosion ripping through a san francisco neighborhood late yesterday. the fire still raging at this hour. >>> good morning, it is friday, september 10th. i'm mika brzezinski. joe is off this morning but willie is taking care of mommy this morning. with us on the set is all of these boys. national political correspondent for new york magazine, john heilemann been here for three days. >> i haven't left. i slept here. >> awkward. at some point, he'll go. but he is the co-author of "game change." donnie deutsche is here. >> hello, darling. >> you look okay. >> that -- a pause is better than an insult. it's donnie deutsche is here, that scum or something like that. >> it's all about you, donnie? everything that i do, he thinks it might just be about me somehow. it might have been an insult which really means she likes me. i like that one. >> get to the insults. >> thank you for that. >> donnie looks sharp. he either
extensively about the mayor's race and the state of the district in his weekly column. join us for that at 10. >>> we turn to a small church in florida. the church's pastor's plan to burn koran's on 9/11 will go forward despite the condemnation of national leaders. here's more on why the concern goes to the pentagon. >> reporter: despite public pressure from the white house, the state department and even the vatican, the pastor jones still plans to hold a koran- burning event at his small church in florida. college of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. on september 11th, we shall continue with our planned event. >> secretary of state hillary clinton telling the couple on foreign relations she hopes the pastor changes his mind. >> it's regrettable that a pastor in gainsville, florida, with a church of no more than 50 people, can make this outrageous and distressful, disgraceful plan and get, you know, the world's attentionby that is the world we live in right now. >> reporter: general petraeus said repeatedly the event would put u.s. troops in afghanistan and
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
of us here at nbc news. thanks for joining us. >>> nine years later, the nation marks the anniveary of the 9/11 attacks. but could two brewing controversies overshadow this year's events? >>> a new twist in the saga of that florida preacher o the man who says he may burn korans today is now in new york. what is he doing here? >>> more stories out this morning from people who lived to tell about that massive fire near san francisco. >>> some rays of light. new numbers suggest the economy may not be as bad as people think, but where are the jobs? >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex whit and welcome to "msnbc saturday." and today marks nine years since the september 11th terror attacks and hundreds will gather at memorials this morning for those who lost their lives that day. special services will be held at the three sites where hijacked planes crashed in new york, washington, and pennsylvania. ut along with this year's events, there's also controversy. nbc's michelle franzen is live near the world trade center site in newth york city. michelle, with a good saturday morning to you. w
, the special forces he told us, are 100% behind us. >> this has turned into an international controversy. general david petraeus has warned that koran burn willing actually endanger troops and civilians abroad. tt vatican, secretary of constituent hillary clinton, even angelina jolie has condemned the plan. kerry sanders now from the site of the planned koran burning. >> so the church here in central florida says, chris, that they are going forward with their plan to burn the koran on the anniversary of 9/11 on saturday. it's a time when the city of gainesville will be filled with more than 90,000 additional residents coming here for a football game between the university of florida and the university of south florida down the street in tampa. so the police are not releasing what their security measures are going to be. but they have said local, state and federal, that's the department of homeland security, are involved in preparing to respond if it's needed. of course, the greatest concern is that if he and his congregation burn the koran, it might elicit violence. of course, the other
>>> good morning. and thanks for being with us on this friday. witnesses say a monstrous blast came out of nowhere. and suddenly, their entire neighborhood was up in flames. >> that fire is still raging out of control in the city of san bruno, fueled by a broken gas line and some very strong winds. flames have devoured dozens of homes. at least one person has died and many more are injured. don guevara joins us now. >> reporter: good morning. we are near what is being called the epicenter of this massive explosion. we're told at that spot there is a crater 15 feet wide. the asphalt is melted. there's a pipe that's sticking out that's also melted. all this is where that gas line is said to have exploded, resulting in more than 50 homes being destroyed and at least one person dead. a massive fire roared through this residential neighborhood of san bruno, california, throughout the night. fire officials confirmed a 24-inch gas main explosion was responsible for the blaze, which reduced dozens of home to ash within an hour. >> the fireball was, you know, 100 feet or more in the air. all
with no because i'm not. if god told us to do it, then i guess he could tell us to do something different. >> this morning, general ray ordeearno also expressed his concern of american troops if this burning takes place. >> i think there will be some backlash and i think we have seen some already. >> kerry sanders is in florida. this church, if it tries to burn the koran, it would be violating an ordinance, right? >> yes. the city has an ordinance, not related to burning of korans, but just burning anything in your yard. they have a field here and the ordinance is rather specific. it allows, for instance, kids to go camping and have a little camp fire in their yard. but, it has to be twigs and branches. the city police department says that they have interpreted the ordinance that if they were to burn the books that the ink in the koran would be a hazardous material and, so, what they're planning to do is if they decide to come out here and burn the koran as they say they're going to do on the anniversary of 9 /11 the gainesville fire department will be on alert. if they try to spark it, t
, whether they were delivering a message from somewhere within the u.s. government. as i stand here right now and step out of the way and zoom down and look at the front of the church here, there's an association of pastors who have come to this area to try to meet with the minister to tell him that they believe he is wrong. that as you noted as secretary gates says this is putting americans in uniform in jeopardy, but also the pastors are concerned about missionaries and churches that have opened in countries that have freedom innocently large muslim populations. their concern, of course, is this will incite people to attack those missionaries or their churches, and that the violence will spread if there is violence. in the meantime, in an interview that i did with the pastor, i talked to him about what he thought was the most important part of why he was doing this, why burn the koran? he said he's trying to send a message to the extremists in the islamic religion who use the koran against the united states. who want to establish what is known as sharia law. you'll hear about how much h
department has put u.s. embassies around the world on alert, ordered them to review their security before any violence against america erupts. and the fbi reportedly is collecting information about the plan to burn the koran. officials may have no power to stop it, given jones' constitutional right to free expression. president obama lambasted jones' plans with a reminder about america's fundamental beliefs. >> i just hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as americans. >> and politicians from both ends of the spectrum slam the plan. sarah palin called it an unnecessary provocation. senator john mccain begged jones not to do it via twitter. but a group known as the agenda project has released a video accusing them of stirring out fervor with their own fight against a planned mosque near ground zero. and that fervor may be growing. the fbi is investigating vandalism at a phoenix mosque. blamed a fire in tennessee on an arsonist. hartford, connecticut was planning to allow local imams to give a muslim prayer at the start of the council meetings,
in on the northwesterly breezes and that h be with us here throughout the day today with lots of sunshine and cooper weather. highs reaching near 80. that wind will be gusting around 25-mile-an-hour or so and it will diminish a bit tonight and still be a bit blustery tomorrow. cool tomorrow morning again down into the mid-50s. and saturday looks delightful, sunny in the morning, clouds in the afternoon, highs near 80, clouding up saturday night. could get much needed rain on sunday with highs near 80, but it does look like it will end in time for the skins game sunday night. now let's check traffic on this thursday morning. ashley linder, good morning. >>> fortunately we're wrapping up overnight road construction. we had a ton of it, so the inner loop at little river that's all gone and the outer look at 66, they're in the process of picking up that work zone. route 1 new college park, all is quiet. the taillights although it's hard to make out which is the tail and which are the headlight, but those tail heights there are leaving college park headed around towards greenbelt and lanes are open and a
with us. i'm erica hill. >> i'm harry smith. a busy news day. >> it is. straight to our breaking news this morning, out of northern california. a giant fireball there last night just around dinner time, dozens of homes destroyed after a huge explosion last night. it was apparently caused by a broken gas line that happened in a san francisco suburb, very close to san francisco international airport. priya david clemens has the latest. priya, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. we're right at the edge of where the fire stopped. look at the devastation behind me. you'll see burned out cars, the firefighters still working to make sure all the smoldering flames are out completely. we're seeing little pockets of flames still pop up here and there. see this home has been completely flattened. this is a scene that has been repeated dozens of times throughout this neighborhood. parts of san bruno, california, were turned into a raging inferno around dinner time thursday evening. flames roared some 60 feet into the air as block after block in this residential neighborhood, about fiv
on colbert. how about that? >> good morning. on the set with us this thursday morning, national political correspondent for new york magazine john heilemann. >> hi. >> who is the author of "game change." let me just say he feels like talking this morning. >> he does. >> okay? and then we have got msnbc political analyst harold ford jr. who is the author of owner more daves than goliaths." you had a party last night. >> look at the flowers harold brought. >> it was two nights ago. those are the ones from digger. >> those are from a grave. that's right. did you ever try that? >> huh-uh. >> what digger does? he takes flowers off of graves and gives them to girls. >> my family is in the funeral business. we would call that bad form. >> maybe just a tad bit. >> that's how he got dates in college. he said he would get flowers from the funeralhome. >> okay. it's not right. >> bless his hard. >> also with us in washington msnbc political analyst pat buchanan. >> patrick! >> good morning. >> happy fall. how are you doing? >> doing just fine. >> the pat is back. >> the pat is back. >> i've missed h
from greece. >> oh, gosh! yes, that's us. >>> good morning. it's wednesday, september 8th. welcome to "morning joe." you're here and awake. that's good. hi, willie. >> i'm here. >> asking for too much. >> mike barnicle, and msnbc chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell, who is co-author of a new cookbook! it's called "baby love healthy easy delicious meals for your mom and toddler." there are meals in there for mom and dad and it's really healthy. if you're lucky, i will feed you a little goop this morning. you need to get the recipes out of this. it's good. >> i don't need a recipe. i get a snickers bar to my 2-year-old and he washes it down with a box of doughnuts. >> easy and beautiful. i'm sorry. what were you saying? were you talking? >> i give jack a snickers bar. i find it gives that 2-year-old the extra push he needs to get over like. >> preschool or whatever it is. >> have a munchkin! >> this book is so basic. perhaps even you could understand it and yet you make really good high-end food for your baby. >> her book is like number 10 on amazon of baby cookbooks. >> i
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rocks at passing american con voice. and there were protests in indonesia. u.s. general david petraeus has warned the anger is so intense, the pastor's actions could endanger u.s. troops in afghanistan and could actually end up helping the taliban. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul, afghanistan. what's the big concern if the pastor goes through on his threat to burn the koran? >> well, contessa, simply that afghans will react violently to it. now, general david petraeus in an e-mail in response to questions from the associated press about the affair said today, images of a koran burning would undoubtedly be used by extremists on both sides, in afghanistan and around the world to enflame public opinion and to incite violence. he went further, he said, burning of a koran would put the safety of our troops and american civilians in afghanistan at risk, and would also compromise the mission here. i think what the general is saying is that afghans are in danger of going into the streets and turning against any american military they see, any american civilians. there is precedent for unrest like
meteorologist kammerer is here to tell us when we will finally see some rain around here. it has been awfully dry. >> very dry. almost three weeks since we have seen rain last in our area and some areas under a severe drought south of the district. the school district about six inches below normal. we do need to see some rain. the good news is i think we will see some rain over the next couple days. not right now. 80 degrees, plenty of sunshine out there. the winds out of the northwest at 15 miles per hour. the gusts upward of 30. the fire threat with all the dry conditions, the fire stlet still fairly high. the live digital doppler showing nothing on the radar screen but i think we will see some rain as we make our way through the next couple days. 78 in sterling. manassas at 79. culpepper, 84, toward maryland, annapolis coming in at 75 degrees. satellite and radar showing nothing but clear skies across the area. a few clouds from time to time. especially to the north of the district. south of there, plenty of sunshine. we will see clear skies all night. a new moon. don't expect to see that.
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